Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Media War

I have said a couple of times that the media battle is the main battle here in the West - a view shared by others;

"The defining issue of our time is not the Iraq war. It is not the 'global war on terror.'...The defining issue of our time is the media....What we meant by that, but didn't fully explain, was that more than any other issue, the media affect everything else. The Iraq war, for obvious reasons, is incredibly important, but it has little impact on outsourcing. Global warming may be among 'the biggest moral challenges facing our global civilization,' with dire consequences for the survival of the planet -- but we won't face that challenge as long as the media continue to falsely portray global warming as a matter of serious scientific debate.

...the weblog Think Progress has noted, "Science Magazine analyzed 928 peer-reviewed scientific papers on global warming published between 1993 and 2003. Not a single one challenged the scientific consensus the earth's temperature is rising due to human activity" -- and yet a recent study found that the majority of news stories about global warming are 'structured on the journalistic norm of balanced reporting, giving the impression that the scientific community was embroiled in a rip-roaring debate on whether or not humans were contributing to global warming.'"

A-men to that.

Time to become the media.

The full essays are here: 1,2 and 3.

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